Park space and hidden culinary gems define this central, riverside community
Montgomery is an established community located just outside of inner-city Calgary in the northwest quadrant. Montgomery mostly developed in the post-WWII era, but has recently seen a revitalization (some may say “gentrification”), with many newer in-fill homes going up in the past ten years. Conveniently located a short drive from downtown, Montgomery is well-balanced with a variety of amenities and the popular Shouldice Park located right in the community.
In addition to a major grocery store and the daily necessities (banks, gas stations, auto shops, etc.), Montgomery enjoys a few great cafes, bars, and restaurants right in the neighbourhood along 16 Avenue and Bowness Road. NOtaBLE is one of the community’s hidden culinary gems, owned by prominent Calgary chef, Michael Noble.
Situated on the north bank of the river, the Bow River pathways pass through Montgomery, connecting residents with extensive park space. Within the community, Shouldice Park offers more than the usual neighbourhood park amenities — it’s a top location in Calgary for athletic facilities.
The Shouldice Athletic Park is equipped with three artificial turf sport fields, four grass sport fields and eight ball diamonds. A public arena and aquatic centre are also located in the park, and a privately-operated batting cage and raft rental company round out the list of things to do. Even more park space will open up when restoration of the Dale Hodges Park, formerly the Klippert gravel pit, is completed.
The population of Montgomery is evenly distributed across age groups, with slightly more senior citizens than the city-wide average. About half of residents own their homes, which are mostly older single-family houses and newer duplex-style infills. There are only a few apartment-style buildings in the neighbourhood.
Average prices for detached homes in Montgomery during the first half of 2018 were below citywide averages ($466,467). Attached homes were above average ($530,883), likely because of the number of large duplex-style infills on redeveloped lots in this community.
The community scores well in terms of community engagement. This year, the Montgomery Community Association is launching a weekly farmers’ market from August to October. It holds a yearly Christmas artisan festival every December.
Although the community of Montgomery has a ton of great features, buyers should be aware that it experiences high crime rates. The Trans-Canada Highway, which runs through the community, can kick up a fair amount of dust and noise in certain areas. With these considerations in mind, Montgomery still has something to offer buyers of all stages in life!
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LIVING IN MONTGOMERY
- Local bus routes 1, 31, 40, 91, 305, 408, 422
- There are no C-Train Stations within comfortable walking distance (nearest is Brentwood Station)
- Easy access to Crowchild Trail, Trans-Canada Highway/16 Avenue NW, and Sarcee Trail
- Bow River bicycle pathways connect to neighbouring communities
Groceries & Shopping
- Safeway grocery store, specialty shops, and amenities (banks, gas station, dog groomers, etc.) along 16 Ave NW and Bowness Road
- Five-minute drive to Brentwood Village Shopping Centre (Safeway, London Drugs, Bed Bath & Beyond) and Market Mall (Hudson’s Bay, Toys ‘R’ Us, and a number of clothing retailers)
- Ten-minute drive to boutiques and specialty stores in Kensington shopping district
Dining & Nightlife
- Restaurants and fast food options in Montgomery (Wiener schnitzel Haus, NOTaBLE, KFC)
- Top-rated restaurants, cafes, and bars a ten-minute drive away in Kensington Village (Higher Ground Cafe, Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Shijo Sushi, Pulcinella, Wine Bar, Kensington Pub, Original Joe’s)
Health & Wellness
- Five-minute drive to Alberta Children’s Hospital, Foothills Medical Centre, and Carewest Colonel Belcher long-term care facility, plus a number of medical service providers nearby
- Sports facilities in Shouldice Park (Shouldice Aquatic Centre, Shouldice Athletic Park), fitness and tennis facilities in neighbouring Point Mckay (The Riverside Club), and fitness studios in Kensington Village
- Spas and salons Montgomery (Be2Be Salon, nail studios), in neighbouring Point Mckay (Riverside Spa) and in Kensington Village (Swizzlesticks SalonSpa)
- Grades K-6: Terrace Road School (Regular)
- Grades 7-9: F. E. Osborne School (Regular)
- Grades 10-12: Bowness High School (Regular)
THINGS TO DO IN MONTGOMERY
- Edworthy Park: One of Calgary’s largest and most popular parks is located along the Bow River in southwest Calgary, and can be accessed from northwest Calgary by a footbridge off Bowness Road NW. This sprawling park includes the Douglas Fir Trail, which runs along a steep and densely forested escarpment on the river’s south bank. There is a charming cafe on the north end of the footbridge, a large off-leash area, and tons of picnic space with BBQ pits and shelters.
- Shouldice Park: This large neighbourhood park has all the usual amenities (picnic tables, playground, etc.), but is most known for its athletic park. A mecca for sports lovers, the Shouldice Athletic Park offers three artificial turf sport fields, four grass sport fields and eight ball diamonds. The Shouldice Arena and Shouldice Aquatic Centre are also located in the park, and a privately-operated batting cage and raft rental company round out the list of things to do.
- McMahon Stadium: Home of the Calgary Stampeders and University of Calgary Dinos, this football stadium has hosted a number of significant events over the years, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The stadium occasionally serves as an open-air venue for concerts and festivals.
- Silver Springs Golf & Country Club: The private Silver Springs Golf Course occupies 300-acres of hills and valleys in northwest Calgary. The clubhouse offers a highly-rated restaurant with a sunny patio area.